Markku Kulmala receives the City of Helsinki scientific award. Photo: Linda Tammisto.

Markku Kulmala receives scientific award for his research of the physics and chemistry of atmospheric aerosols

The City of Helsinki scientific award will be given to Academician Markku Kulmala on Helsinki Day, 12 June. Kulmala is world leading in the research of the physics and chemistry of atmospheric aerosols, and his research has significantly increased our understanding of the mechanisms of climate change. The research work creates opportunities to reduce the pace of climate change and mitigate its effects. Kulmala is one of the founders of a new field of research that explores the interactions between ecosystems and the atmosphere. The amount of the scientific prize is 10 000 euros.

Polluted air may change the local and even global climate

Academician Markku Kulmala works at the University of Helsinki campus at Kumpula, and the team he leads investigate the impacts of human activity and natural processes on air quality and the climate. The top unit of Kulmala also acts for the benefit of the City by building a comprehensive network for the measurement of air quality and by studying the potential air quality of the prospected city boulevards.

Kulmala's integrative approach in particular has significantly reshaped established research environments and structures. Air quality and climate interactions are varied and highly complex phenomena. Polluted air, for example, may change the local and even global climate, and the climate affects air quality in many ways. The research of Kulmala thus offers significant environmental, social and economic benefits.

Markku Kulmala has also played a key role in developing international research infrastructures and establishing a major network of observation stations. The comprehensive measurements conducted at Finland’s SMEAR stations have contributed to increasing the international significance of the research units under Kulmala’s leadership. As proof ot this, Finland today hosts the headquarters and coordination of the European Integrated Carbon Observation System as well as coordinates the European Research Infrastructure for the Observation of Aerosol, Clouds and Trace Gases.

The prize aims at strengthening Helsinki as a scientific city

The purpose of the Helsinki City Scientific Award is to strengthen and consolidate Helsinki as a scientific city. The prize is granted as recognition for important scientific work carried out in Helsinki or by an academic with a background in Helsinki.

Information about the scientific prize:

Research Manager Katja Vilkama, tel. 09,310 78396, e-mail: katja.vilkama(at)